All the latest news - 2020

Fri 17th April 2020| COVID -19 can't stop red hot chopper sale

Despite tough COVID 19 restrictions, the annual Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) Tag A Calf sale was on and raised approximately $5000.  Tony and Tania Haling, “Hillside Park” Woolbrook, together with agent Ian Morgan Livestock, donated $1470 from one of their top selling weaners, purchased by Tim Walsh, Fleming and Ross, Gunnedah (pictured left with Ian Morgan).  It was a very personal cause for the Haling family who had a call out from the helicopter last week after their daughter had a horse-riding accident.

Neil Family Grazing, Tenterden Station, Guyra also teamed up with agents, Nutrien Livestock  to donate $1400 from an Angus steer, purchased by local member Barnaby Joyce and parents Jim and Marie with Mr Joyce having a long association with the sale.

Although the number of buyers during the sale was restricted, plenty took the opportunity to inspect before the sale and buy through their agent or online. It did little to detract from the market with agents quoting prices $100-$150 dearer on last sale. Standouts included the  Haling weaners sold by IML and a ‘magic run” of 160 Charolais/Charbray heifers,  300-360kg off agistment sold by NL on account McIntyre Family Partnership. The bulk of the McIntyre heifers were purchased for Dave and Louise Carlon, Tarwarri, Nundle with lead pen making $1500 and averaging $1440.  Simon Burke, DC paid $1370 for the the lead pen of Haling heifers on behalf of clients, saying  “you won’t find better – they have a head start in genetics.” They will be grown out and joined to Heart Angus bulls.  

Mon23rd March 2020|Sales go on, but not as you know it

It was a sale like no other today as we enter unchartered waters for our industry and our country. While other services and businesses shut down, we must ensure that our livestock sales continue as an integral part of the supply chain.  Our association and TRLX are taking this situation very seriously and are committed to ensuring that this happens. But it’s far from business as normal.  We need to limit the numbers of people in the saleyards, so we are asking people who are not intending to buy livestock, or are not essential to the sale process, to remain away from the facility.   However, there are still numerous options to watch the sale and bid. TRLX have a large screen tv with livestreaming of the sale adjacent to the carpark. Alternatively, you can view the sale live on the, see photos of the top pens on our Facebook page and/or bid online on

Fri 20th March| “Carnegie” & “Carlowrie” claim Virbac Weaner Challenge honours

Tablelands graziers reigned supreme again today with JB Carpenter, "Carnegie" Niangala (pictured with manager Barry Green) taking out the Virbac Weaner Challenge for his 7-9 month old, grass fed, Watasanta and Clunie Range blood Santa/Angus weaner steers sold through Garvin and Cousens.  They topped at $1420

 It's the seventh time in as many years that a cold country producer has won the title, with the gong up for grabs with last year’s champions George and Sue Lyons having already sold most of their weaners. The Champion pen of heifers went to Camlin Investments, Manilla for their Charolais x heifers (pictured below) out of big frame Angus/Santa cows by DSK Charolais bulls. They made $1520 through Purtle Plevey Agencies to go around the champion pen of steers

Judge Jeremy Cummins, Teys Australia, said that although the quality may not have been as good as previous years, it was “exceptional given the conditions prior to Christmas” adding that that Camlin heifers were “ exceptional” and that Carnegie has “exceptionally well bred cattle, year in and year out, and I know that previous buyers are happy with how they’ve grown out to suit various markets.”